East Newton Invitational provides Big 8 preview

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The fast course at East Newton provided a preview of the Big 8 Conference cross-country meet. Six conference schools competed in the 17-team field on Sept. 28.

Webb City captured the varsity boys division, scoring 59 points. Republic's Ryan Way blistered the course with a winning time of 15:50.

The Monett and Cassville boys place ninth and 10th respectively in the team standings.

Lane Madison led the Cassville contingent, placing 56th in 19:13. Jeff Crumpler (72nd), Alex Dyer (75th), Nathan Vitt (76th) and Tyler Speakman (82nd) completed the Cassville scoring.

The Cubs were led by Edwin Perez, who placed 44th in 18:57. Perez was supported by Dalton Paynter (47th), Aaron Morley (73rd), Conor Launis (84th) and Jonah Ragsdale (85th).

The Southwest Trojans turned in their best performance of the year, as Zach Miles claimed 69th in 19:46. Paton Clay was 80th in 20:08, Skyler Willer was 126th, Levi Moore finished 133rd and JR Henry was 134th as the Trojans edged Wheaton for 16th in team scoring.

The Bulldogs were led by Tate Banks who placed 83rd in 20:13. Joey Robbins was 112th, Tyler Pruitt was 123rd, Austin Trent finished 128th and Christian Dunegan placed 129th to finish the Wheaton scoring.

Varsity Girls

Paced by the one-two finish of Sabrina Monsees and Emma Evans, Winnetonka took top honors in the varsity girls race, posting a score of 50.

The Monett Lady Cubs placed ninth with 192 points. Grace Cloud was the top runner for Monett, finishing 23rd in 22:25. Madeleine Weber (36th), Birdianna Salas (40th), Brianna Salas (64th) and Carmen Renteria (75th) completed the Monett scoring.

Cassville did not field a complete team, but the Lady Wildcats were led by Camille Holman's 57th place finish in 25:00. Jordan Campbell placed 65th, Ryann Stewart was 73rd and Mattie Stephenson finished in 92nd.

Wheaton's Chase Burns turned in another strong performance, finishing 30th in 23:01.

Burns is one of the individual favorites for the Ozark 7 Conference Meet this year.

The Lady Bulldogs were also represented by Crystal Alvaredo (81st), Tina Hang, 91st and Krista Dunegan (97th).

Megan Thomas, of Purdy, placed 58th in 25:01. Southwest's Jerica Lawrence finished 59th (25:10) and Elizabeth Wolfe was 74th.

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